Support David As He Recovers!
"If 3 months ago someone told me I would witness my City torn apart by riots, assaults, burglary and violent crime I would not have believed you. If 3 months ago someone told me I would be the victim of a terrible assault in center city charlotte that left me seriously injured I would not have believed you. Following seven remarkable years serving our country in the US Army, I came to Charlotte, joined my sister Ashley and found work as I transitioned out of the Armed Forces.
Sept 21st should have been a routine day after work as we made dinner plans in center city, like we always do. Unfortunately, the night did not end like it usually does, dinner with family and friends. While, I do not wish to share details of that horrific night…I wish to take this opportunity to say to Charlotte; Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. The assault on me resulted in severe injuries ranging from a fractured eye socket, broken nose and multiple shattered facial bones. Though seriously hurt, I was able to escape from the attack, make it home to seek help…unfortunately, others that long night were not so lucky. The physical toll is being repaired however the mental toll will take some time. For my family and me it is time to move on; time to move forward.
Although I was a new comer to Charlotte, I was completely taken aback at what was occurring. Never did my sister or I think that we would see the very place that we work, eat, and entertain come under attack.
Charlotte, I am grateful to see has pulled together, become stronger and will be better than ever.
Charlotte, I want to say a tremendous thank you to all of the support, encouragement and well wishes that my family and I have received since the attack.
A simple thank you does not seem to be enough. However, we remain truly grateful for everyone in the community and beyond that shared their sincere support. And support they did.
WOW, the monetary donations, words of encouragement and prayers generated by the valuable GoFundMe page that my sister and I started was remarkable. Again, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.
The most amazing and humbling thing for us, was not only the outpour of love and support from the Charlotte community… It was the support from around the world!
We received donations, messages, and prayers that came from across the United States, Europe and even Japan. Everyone has been absolutely amazing and I thank God every day to have the support that I do. I feel extremely blessed to have received care and encouragement from people I haven’t even met before! Again, Thank You.
As a civil servant I want to take a moment to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Our CMPD along with Charlotte Fire Dept, NC National Guard and all 1st responders found themselves serving under difficult and dangerous conditions.
I think I can speak for many, as we say thank you to all of the men and women serving that evening and the long days that followed. Your willingness to protect our citizens, the visitors and our city did not go unnoticed. I know it is not easy, but is a job that must be done. Your service is appreciated. We are forever grateful.
In closing, while I am no longer reside in this fine city, I remain grateful for the support you have given my family and I. The various surgeries to repair the physical wounds took place in Winston-Salem where my doctors and nearby family are located. With family is where I move on, recover from the wounds, and go forward with my life. While that dreadful night will not be forgotten, the love and the strength we have all gained from it will trump any fear or anger that stemmed from that night.
Charlotte, stay strong, stay positive, and keep fighting together! Again, thank you for everything!!
-David Palmer and Family
David had a very successful surgery yesterday afternoon at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. He is now out of the hospital and recovering/resting/beginning the healing process all over again. Thankfully, they ended up only having to insert 3 titanium plates. One along his eye socket, one in place of the cheek bone, and another alongside his nose. THANK YOU FOR LIFTING HIM UP IN PRAYER AND LOVE! The surgeons hands were guided and David is well on his way. Again, we thank everyone for their continued support and generosity. David gave me permission this morning (in and out of his slumber) to add his post op photo. Of course, it's not a state I like seeing my brother in, but knowing he is fixed up inside and will be able to heal and move forward is reassuring. Continued prayers for his smooth healing and current pain after his surgery are much appreciated. You are truly an amazing community! Our hearts are so full. Much Love, David Palmers Family.
Sorry for all the updates but I want to keep everyone informed about Davids surgery. David met with his surgeons today and his surgery will be pushed to tomorrow. He will be getting 5 titanium plates put in the left side of his face to reconstruct the broken bones and his broken nose. It's a 3 hour procedure. He will be unable to eat solid foods for about 6 weeks. He wanted me to thank everyone for their prayers, support, and generosity. We will send out another update tomorrow once he's out of surgery.
And another program that can help with medical bills for crime victims is the NC Crime Victim Compensation Program. They pay for any out-of-pocket medical costs for victims of crime, including counseling. They also can cover lost income that occurred due to the injuries. They pay up to $30K, I believe. I'd be glad to provide more information, or you can even contact the District Attorney's office in your county and ask to speak to an advocate about it. Kelley can put us in touch if you need more information. I'm so sorry this happened to you.
No amount of money can describe how much we hope the best for you Palmer. It's an awful that bad things happen to good people. You will be in everyone's prayers. Keep your chin up man. As grim as it may seem right now, it can only get better bud. I'm more than positive that your sister will keep us posted on progress. Love you man. -Dave
He should take up a class action law suit against the BLM clan as well as the mayor of Charlotte and the police force. When the identities of these cowards comes out he should both press extreme charges and sue them for everything they have or ever would have. My heart goes out to this young man. Thank you for your service sir. I only wish I were there with you at the time of this horrible tragedy
The observer didn't remove the article, it is still there. If some people would read other comments and look up this story you would see that it is true and not a scam. The observer posted info in its original article before finding out the facts on it first or not. And have since fixed their mistake and took responsibility for the flash statements they first made. Understand more than one person was beaten that night and David is one of the men that were randomly attacked that night by so call protesters( rioters). So stop saying this is a scam and move on. Let his family and others get the help that they need.
Thank GOD he has coverage at the VA hospital. I hope someone is getting his disability claim started. They have great social workers that will help get things started. I pray healing both mentally and physically for this man. I can't imagine how hard this is on him. God's blessings to him!!!
For the people saying this is a scam/ fraud. I will pray for y'all! This is a good friend of mine and this did happen to him! This is not fraudulent at all!!! If something like this happened to you or your family you would like respect so we ask for the same!!
I am so sorry and infuriated reading this. My husband and my father retired from the army along with my brothers. I look at his picture and I see my men. I will be making a donation first thing when I get paid in the meantime if you could pm me myself and my husband would love to also mail a card and put together a care package for him. The army is a strong community and my husband considers him a brother and would like to reach out. My husband also had a difficult time transitioning to civilian life and could offer him someone to talk to long term
First and foremost know that my family and I are praying for this man and his attempt to return to normalcy. You should know that a City employees down played what happened in Charlotte on Facebook and if you pursue a lawsuit against the city for covering up the crimes committed and down playing the riots and destruction I have something that may be of use to your case. God bless and stay safe.
Seeing lots of people getting mad about this being a "scam." Let me tell you, whether it is or not, this dude deserves the money. I haven't seen him since we were in Airborne school together in 2010, and if this had happened and he didn't have a family to help I'd be on a plane to NC.
You may want to hide your Facebook profile. I gave money then went to research when I saw people saying it was a scam. Yes it does seem he was attacked but even you posted on your fb on September 21 that he was just a little beaten and bruised. No mention of hospital visit or anything. I'm grateful for his service to this country as for this fundraising it has once again shown true colors I wish I could unsee.